26.2

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ACTION EPIC HISTORICAL FICTION

17th Century or Earlier

A.L. Cleven

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A man must summon super-human strength to spread a desperate message of hope from his battle-worn brothers to his distanced wife and city. Enduring trials, he sprints the 26.2 mile legendary run from Marathon to Athens to deliver news of Ancients Athens' unlikely but necessary survival.

Genre

Action,Epic,Historical Fiction

Short Summary

Philippides is a young, gangly boy in Ancient Athens. He forms an unlikely friendship with a misunderstood boy, who dares Philippides to race the sun god. The race showcases Philippides's natural endurance. Philippides lives to honor his father, protect his sister and serve his great city.


After gripping trials, seductive oracles, and battles both lost and won, Philippides is an Athenian runner. The unlikely Athenians fight the Persians at Marathon, winning with the help of their gods. Philippides runs 26 miles to Athens to beat the last of the Persians and shout victory for Greece.

Setting

Athens, Greece 490 B.C.

Based on a True Story

Yes

Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain,Internal Journey/Rebirth,Quest,Voyage and Return

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age,Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

Information not completed

Main Character Details

Name: Philippides

Age: 30

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Masculine,Aspiring,Engaging,Heroic,Honorable,Underdog,Strong Moral Code,Skillful,Selfless,Patriotic,Obedient

Additional Character Details

Name: Sophia

Age: 20

Gender: Female

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Confident,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Gracious,Honorable,Leader,Selfless,Sophisticated,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Myron

Age: 30

Gender: Male

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous,Badass,Aggressive,Clumsy,Unapologetic,Manipulative,Funny,Outspoken,Blunt,Uneducated,Narcisstic,Masculine,Sarcastic

Additional Character Details

Name: Ambrosia

Age: 25

Gender: Female

Role: tempter

Key Traits: Engaging,Complex,Confident,Faithful,Seductive,Sophisticated,Skillful,Visionary,Sexy,Religious

Development Pitch

The marathon is an inspiring, patriotic tale, not yet told as a personal story. Film has adapted Ancient Greek epics like "300", "Hercules" and "Clash of the Titans". We're missing "26.2", the legendary, inspiring and much-emulated first of all the marathons. Philippides, a man of inhuman fortitude runs 300 miles to gather allies for Athens' war, then fights in the war himself, helps win an unlikely battle, and races another 26 miles home to declare his countrymen’s victory. This story imagines who Philippides was and how he ran like he did. It envisions his want to honor his city and father, protect his sister, love an oracle, and both summon and overcome the gods. Ancient Athens comes alive, showing the rise of people and the world's first Democratic vote, intertwining an ancient world with modern values. People will root for Athens. People will cheer on Philippides. The characters' courage, strength and ability to survive will resonate with the audience's own dreams and desires to become their best in life. Philippides's victory will mirror audiences' bravado, inspiring viewers to rise and achieve their own impossible strengths. "26.2" is film visionary, encompassing big battle scenes, beautiful Oracle laden mountain spirits, as well as Ancient Greek fortitude and courage. The characters are strong, humourous, adventurous and inspiring. Let Philippides tell his story, shouting victory, hope and inspiration all through the world's first 26.2 marathon.

About The Author

“26.2” is this year’s First In Category Award Winner of the Early Historical Fiction Chanticleer International Book Awards. Cleven is a marathoner and Greek traveler whose personal experience evokes heart and honesty into this classic story. Cleven also won an honorable mention in Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Award as well as a published entry in a poetry anthology. Cleven lives in rural Wisconsin with her husband and young daughters. She enjoys the outdoors, running, and the creative arts. As both a runner and writer, she always thought Philippides's story was one of inspiration and legend that needed a bold retelling.

Target Audiences

Age: 13-17,18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: No

Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

Information not completed

Genre

WAR, DRAMA, ACTION

Brief

Philippides, a young Greek boy, finds out he has astonishing racing abilities. After becoming a herald, he plays an essential part in Greece's victory in the war against the Persians by heroically running 26 miles to his own death.

Overall Rating

GOOD

Point of View

FIRST PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: FAIR

Franchise Potential: FAIR

Pace: FAIR

Premise: GOOD

Structure: GOOD

Theme: GOOD

Accuracy of Book Profile

Yes, it does depict the book.

Draw of Story

The fact that it is the story of a legendary, but little-known heroical individual.

Possible Drawbacks

It takes too long to get to the main part of the narrative.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY RELIES A LITTLE BIT ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

It's the true story of an Ancient, little-known hero.

Fanbase Potential

Maybe not a large fanbase, but it has the potential to attract an audience interested in history and heroic figures.

Awards Potential

Yes, if adapted with a talented crew and a good team of actors.

Envisioned Budget

LARGE BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

300 - THE FILM PARTIALLY NARRATES THE STORY OF THE CONFLICT BETWEEN GREEKS AND PERSIANS. CHARIOTS OF FIRE - A CLASSICAL MOVIE ABOUT THE GLORIES AND HONOR OF RUNNING.

What’s New About the Story

It is the little-known, partially fictional story of a legendary, Ancient icon. It could be even more unique if it focused more on the main conflict itself.

Lead Characters

He is a determined, wildly talented young man, who manages to save an entire nation and inspire an enduring competition by pushing his own limits to the maximum.

Uniqueness of Story

Not really a rare gem as it is, but the main idea and the development are good, and, with some revisions, could be even further improved.

Possible Formats

Film - Studio, Film - Streaming

Analyst Recommendation

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